February 19, 2018

Week of March 31st

As you can see by the list below, our calendar is quite full for the rest of the school year. Please make a note of the important dates, so that you don’t miss a thing!

Hopefully, all are collecting pledges for our upcoming jogathon. This is our biggest fundraiser for the PTA, and all money will be used for school materials and projects. We could use several parent volunteers to cheer on the runners and keep track of laps on Wednesday, April 9th, from 3-3:30 p.m. Please let me know if you can help out.

This morning, all of the students presented their opinion papers to the class. We heard convincing arguments for skateparks, limos for field trips, adding dissection to science class, show and tell, class pets,  and many other topics. It was especially wonderful to see and hear the added support for reasons, transitions to connect ideas, and counterarguments addressed. Many kids really worked hard to revise and improve their papers during the last week!

We continued our study of simple machines by working with wheels and axles, gears, and pulleys this week. The tractor activities were quite successful, and really demonstrated the advantages and disadvantages of friction. We had to repeat the gear lesson, but everyone now seems to be able to identify the driving and driven gears, realize that adjoining gears move in opposite directions, and be able to calculate gear ratios. Our pulley activity was rather frustrating and not nearly as successful, but hopefully demonstrated that pulleys change the direction of the force and allow pulling down instead of up to move heavy objects. All of this is a precursor to the Rube Goldberg challenge that the intermediate classes will participate in during the last two weeks of school.

You should have received the information on our upcoming overnight field study. Please plan to attend the informational meeting in Mrs. Dawkins’ room on Thursday, April 10th, at 4 p.m. to hear further details, get questions answered, and help plan and organize the food and other logistics.

Remember that all adults planning to come with us need to bring government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, for the tour of Grand Coulee Dam. If you are not an American citizen and want to come, please contact me now, as there are further hoops to jump through for preapproval.

Right before spring break, the kids completed a pop quiz to identify all the states on a map of our country. Scores ranged from 3 to 50. We will be working on learning them during the next month, and most kids could use some additional practice at home. There is a free app called iLearn: States which is helpful, as well as the following websites:

Here is another website with great tips for family nature outings: https://www.plt.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/18610



  • Wednesday, April 9th – Jogathon 3-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 10th – Info Meeting for Overnight Field Study 4 pm in Room 12 (Dawkins’ room)
  • Wednesday, April 16th – ECO (Dress to work outside.)
  • Tuesday, April 22nd – Funky Monkey Concert
  • Week of April 28th – 5 DAY SCHOOL WEEK
  • Monday, April 28th – ECO (Dress to work outside.)
  • Wednesday, April 30th – Third Grade Concert
  • Friday, May 2nd – Sternwheeler Trip
  • Monday, May 5th – Test to identify all 50 states
  • Tuesday, May 13th, through Thursday, May 15th – Three Day Field Study Trip
  • Monday, May 26th – Memorial Day Holiday
  • Wednesday, May 28th – Portfolio Night
  • Friday, May 30th – Last day of school (Half day)
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